Distinguished Visiting Scholar
“Non-Euclidean Sports and the Geometry of Surfaces”
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 7:00 pm
Templeton Student Center, Council Chambers
For those of us who are not flatlanders, it can be hard to visualize the properties associated with non-Euclidean surfaces. While we can intuitively understand the properties of flat-space and to a certain extend spherical spaces (as we live on a sphere ourselves!), we do not have the same intuition for hyperbolic spaces. Professor Richard Canary has developed a lecture which remedies this issue. He will be discussing the impact of hyperbolic geometry on various sports and the classification of these surfaces and their natural geometries. This will lead to a look into the progress being made on the geometrization of 3-dimensional spaces.
A little about the speaker:
Mathematician Richard Canary received his M.S. in Mathematics from Warwick University in Coventry, England in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1989. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has authored over 40 papers on a variety of mathematical subjects.
His current research interests include low-dimensional topology and Kleinian groups.